Coastguards play a crucial role in maritime safety, monitoring coastlines, responding to emergencies at sea, and conducting search and rescue operations to ensure the well-being and security of those using the waters.

Day-to-day tasks

In this job, you could:

  • monitor vessels' radio and satellite communications
  • give information and advice about coastal and sea safety
  • offer navigational advice along particular stretches of water
  • send out weather and tidal reports
  • respond to emergency distress calls
  • supervise and assist search and rescue operations
  • handle reports of wreckage, pollution or debris along the coast or at sea
  • co-ordinate training

Skills and Knowledge

You'll need:

  • knowledge of public safety and security
  • customer service skills
  • patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • sensitivity and understanding
  • the ability to work well with others
  • physical fitness and endurance

Industry Qualifications

You can get this job through voluntary work or applying directly.

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